Less Common Tenses

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Less Common Tenses

Less Common Tenses

The past perfect progressive and future perfect progressive are not commonly used in English. They indicate action which occurs continuously over a period of time, when another action or event intervenes. Some examples are included here for your reference.

Past Perfect Progressive

  • We had been playing baseball for two hours yesterday when it started to rain.
  • I had been sending out applications for months. Finally, I got a phone call.

Future Perfect Progressive

  • We will have been flying for two hours when we cross the Mississippi River.
  • In August, I will have been studying here for three years.

Often the past perfect progressive and future perfect progressive can be replaced by their counterparts: past perfect or future perfect.

  • I had been driving for hours when I stopped to rest.
  • I had driven for hours when I stopped to rest.
  • By the time I get to Tempe, I will have been traveling all day.
  • By the time I get to Tempe, I will have traveled all day.

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